Following a successful Reaching Communities Big Lottery Fund bid, in 2016 we expanded our work in the east of Birmingham. Through this work we are delivering a Champions 4 Skills programme through which we are up-skilling and empowering local people to become a part of their local community, working together to solve problems that matter to their community and also helping the local community have a voice so that they can influence what happens in their area. Through this project and working with the local community, we deliver a number of services as detailed below.
This project focuses on young people aged 18 to 24 who are not in education, employment or training, older adults, those who have become isolated and the wider community. We are working closely with local service providers, education providers, employers and the local authority to bring about real and lasting change to the people of Shard End and Kitts Green.
Our hope is to develop a skilled and committed volunteer network which can work together to bring about positive change in the local community, with volunteers who can support other people to get involved. Alongside the development of volunteers and up-skilling of local people, we are also looking to develop a number of new services for the local community, reflecting some of the longstanding and successful services that we already deliver in Aston.
We have a Community Hub on Kitts Green Road which provides various meeting and activity spaces and acts as a focal point for the local community, providing facilities and resources to foster greater local community activity and bring residents together. Based in Lea Village, the hub houses our Lottery funded Champions 4 Skills project and team alongside providing free computer use and internet access, jobs club, coffee mornings, access to information, advice and guidance and workshops and training.
From the end of February 2017, the Community Hub will be open from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday and everyone is welcome to drop in and find out more.
East Birmingham Hub
Address: 316 Kitts Green Road, Birmingham, B33 9SB
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Telephone: 0121 603 8943
Wednesday: 6pm – 9pm
Expressions is an evening workshop which takes place every Wednesday from 6 till 9 pm. During the workshop we explore different types of music we write positive songs with a positive message and we also perform live with an acoustic guitarist.
Tuesday: 1pm – 3pm
Our Safer Communities Project runs on Tuesdays from 1pm to 3pm and is a project which aims to tackle youth violence. Some of the issues we are tackling are knife crime, antisocial behaviour, the consequences of carrying a weapon and the joint enterprise law and how it can affect young people who are not even associated with gangs. Due to the huge increase in youth violence during 2016 Birmingham Settlement have launched a project called ‘Respect a life drop a knife’. The aim is to reduce knife crime and the carrying of knives and raising awareness around gang culture, anti-social behaviour and youth exclusion to name a few. Birmingham Settlement will be delivering workshops and equipping people with the tools to be able to help tackle and highlight the issues that arise. Some of the key elements that the workshops will cover are:
• Joint enterprise
• The laws around carrying knifes
• Choices and consequences of gang violence
• The ripple effects of knife crime
• The impact of having a criminal record
DiVas Coffee Morning
Wednesday: 10am (term time only)
A place you feel welcome and no one is judged.
DiVas, the peer support group run by women for women in and around Kitts Green holds its weekly coffee morning here at Birmingham Settlement’s Community Hub in Kitts Green every Wednesday from 10am (term time only). The group provide a relaxed and safe environment, a friendly ear and an opportunity for you to get out of the house, meet new people and have a chat. So, why not come along and meet the DiVas team of volunteers and whilst you’re there make new friends, get involved in activities, have a coffee and find out more.
Volunteer Event Assistants
Tuesdays: 1pm to 3pm (12 weeks starting Tuesday 28th February)
Interested in Events?
The team at Birmingham Settlement’s Community Hub in Kitts Green are looking for Volunteer Event Assistants to help us plan and deliver community events.
To support you in that role we are also offering a programme of FREE workshops which will take place Tuesday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm here at Birmingham Settlement’s Community Hub in Kitts Green. Alongside, we will also offer you one to one support and a personal development plan. This programme runs for set periods so please contact us to find out when the next course is running.
The course will cover and you will gain skills and experience in event management, health and safety, publicity and budgeting as well as providing you with an opportunity to get involved in your community and really make a difference as well as providing you with new skills and real work based experience which you can add to your CV.
If you are interested in this opportunity, then place call 0121 603 8924 for a role description and a friendly chat or just drop in.
Friday: 10am – 1pm
Our new community crafts club takes place every Friday morning between 10am and 1pm (during term time) here at Birmingham Settlement’s Community Hub in Kitts Green. The club provides you with an opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, gets you out of the house and could help to improve your wellbeing. We also have our Knitter’s Corner – open to everyone regardless of ability for those of you who just want to knit and natter. You may already be an expert knitter or a dab hand with a paint brush – why not come along and share those skills with others or learn new ones.
But you don’t have to be crafty or artistic. Just come along and enjoy! It’s just £1 per person which helps us to cover the cost of materials.
The Remembering Lea Village Coffee Morning welcomes older people and the wider community every Tuesday from 10am until 1pm. The Coffee Morning takes place at our Hub on Kitts Green Road and will feature different activities and projects throughout the year such as our Memory Bank project, giving people the opportunity to bring in old memorabilia and share past experiences about their life.
Friday (during term time): 1pm – 3pm.
Are you concerned about the way Kitts Green (and surrounding areas) look? Do you worry about rubbish or litter? Do you know about recycling or are wondering what a carbon footprint is?
If the answer is YES, then why not drop along to our Clean and Green Afternoon held every Friday (during term time) between 1pm and 3pm. Clean and Green Afternoons will provide you with a very informal opportunity to meet other people who may be concerned about their local environment or environmental issues. Come along for a chat, voice your concerns, share ideas and get involved in projects that may help to tackle some of the issues facing your community.
Mondays: Appointment Only
Our Money Advice Team are now available every Monday at Birmingham Settlement’s Community Hub for free, independent and confidential advice on welfare benefits, dealing with debt and managing your money.
You will need to make an appointment which you can do by calling 0121 603 8924 or by dropping in and having a chat with a member of staff.We are also now able to make referrals to The Kingfisher Foodbank for people living within the B33, B34, B36 and B37 postcodes.